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Grist Mill & Mansion

VA Medical Center, Perry Point, MD


Scope: BES Design/Build, LLC provided design services for the interior and exterior renovation of 9,620 SF of building 501, the circa 1750 Mansion, to be used as office and conference space. The project also included the renovation of 3,600 SF of building 504, the circa 1735 Old Mill, also on the national register. A new water wheel was installed on the exterior to mimic the original mill as closely as possible.

BES D/B performed investigations to include review of existing drawings and other documents, and a site investigation to confirm locations, sizes and capacities of utilities and to very the exact location and appropriate architectural features for the renovation of the existing buildings. BES D/B generated an investigative services report with a plan that nails down the building deficiencies, the proposed building systems (HVAC, plumbing, electrical, telephone, alarms, etc.), which corrects the deficiencies, and the phasing to accomplish the work. All phases of design were in compliance with the Maryland Historic Trust and their recommendations.

The buildings are fully protected with complete sprinkler systems and fire alarm equipment. The buildings have a fire alarm system connected to the existing plant alarm system and programmed to signal the Fire House on site in the event of alarm or trouble as per NFPA requirements. BES D/B provided an architectural renovation plan for both buildings. The interior is in compliance with NFPA 101 Life Safety code as well as VA Design Guide for Domiciliary. All design elements qualified for LEED certification, even though no formal certification was required for this project. All documents were based on the USGBC LEED measurements and the VA Sustainable Design and Energy Reduction Manual.

For this project, hazardous materials surveys were performed as well as inspections to the structures to evaluate any environmental concerns such as asbestos, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls, mercury, pesticides and herbicides. State of the art techniques to identify and quantify environmental concerns were used, a report for the site was created, and construction administration and project oversight was performed.

Size: Mansion – 9,620 SF; Grist Mill – 3,600 SF

Cost: Mansion – $3,000,000; Grist Mill – $2,000,000

Client: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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